ISLAMABAD: The federal government has vowed to take all possible steps to control the prices of wheat across the country.
The resolve was made at a high-level meeting held at the Finance Division here to review the wheat and flour situation in the country. The meeting was chaired by Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance and Revenue Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, according to a statement by the Finance ministry.
Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity Dr Ishrat Hussain, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood, Punjab Senior Food Minister Abdul Aleem Khan, secretary finance, secretary national food security and research, secretary industries and production and chief secretary Punjab attended the meeting.
During the meeting, which was convened on the direction of the prime minister, different issues with regard to an increase in the prices of wheat and flour were highlighted.
“It was resolved that the government would take all possible measures to control the prices of wheat and overcome shortages if any,” the statement added.
Following the discussion, the Ministry of National Food Security and Research was asked to prepare and bring up a summary in the light of the discussion on the subject to the ECC of the cabinet.
“So that the matter could be discussed at the cabinet-level for appropriate decisions to ensure the provision of wheat and flour across the country throughout the year at a reasonable price”, the statement read.